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Baal

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For the PopSugar Reading Challenge, I had no desire to read a book by or about a world leader. I just couldn’t think of anyone who interested me much. I’m not a political person, so I struggled with the prompt. My husband suggested Baal, though, which was about a person who wanted to take over the world. Baal being the anti-Christ. This book was much more up my alley.

I’ve read a couple of books by Robert McCammon, Swan Song and Boy’s Life, and both were excellent. Swan Song is a masterpiece, really, and it’s a must-read for dystopian fans. So I knew McCammon had a good track record, but I wasn’t sure about his more creature/horror type books. He has some about supernatural creatures, which isn’t really my thing, but I was going to give this one a chance and have to say, I really enjoyed this book.

Baal is born to a human mother, but we know from the onset that he’s the anti-Christ. As a child, he torments people and wreaks havoc upon every place he goes. Then he grows up, and his powers strengthen. Of course, he gets followers because, well, that’s what the anti-Christ is supposed to do. However, a few see him for what he is and refuse to let him continue his ways. As dark as the subject is, this book is really good and I enjoyed it a lot. It dragged a bit getting to the end, but for his first publication, this is a McCammon book that I  would still recommend.